Chicano Batman

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Chicano Batman

Black Camaro, Bash & Pop, Mercy Music, SadGirl (outside stage), The Shacks (outside stage), Death Valley Girls (outside stage), Death Hymn Number 9 (outside stage)

Fri, March 10, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm (event ends at 1:45 am)

Las Vegas, NV

$15.00

This event is 21 and over

Chicano Batman - (Set time: 12:45 AM)
Chicano Batman
They came out of L.A., four young men in vintage formalwear, playing songs that blended Brazilian Tropicalía with early '70s psychedelic soul and the romantic pop of bands like Los Ángeles Negros. It was an immediately addictive sonic brew, and their reputation grew fast. Since forming in 2008, Chicano Batman have released two full-length albums—a self-titled 2009 debut, and 2014's Cycles Of Existential Rhyme—and two EPs. The band has played Coachella, and toured with Alabama Shakes and Jack White, among others. Now, they're making their boldest statement yet with Freedom Is Free, their third album and ATO Records debut.

Frontman Bardo Martinez met bassist Eduardo Arenas in 2008, and they quickly found common ground in the work of Caetano Veloso and other Tropicalía performers, as well as the kind of vintage soul and pop heard on "the albums our parents have in their closets." They recruited drummer Gabriel Villa and made their first album as a trio; guitarist Carlos Arévalo joined the band in 2011 and they released The Joven Navegante EP the following year.

Chicano Batman's look has done as much to set them apart as their sound or their name. Since the beginning, they've performed in matching suits and ruffled shirts; Bardo explains, "We're making a particular reference that some people understand—Los Ángeles Negros, Los Pasteles Verdes. In the '70s, it was a big thing where all these cats were playing romantic ballads, but they were funky as hell."

That sharp funk groove shows up throughout Freedom Is Free, but especially on the title song. Bardo's uplifting lyrics, delivered in his uniquely dreamy/romantic style, are bolstered by the backing vocals of New York's all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache.

"It's a counterpoint to the propaganda catch phrase that was invented by the US government during the first Iraq war, 'Freedom isn't free,'" he explains. "It's a counter-narrative…the song itself relates to the idea that freedom is inherent to every individual on this planet and in the universe. I live in Los Angeles, and people are pretty jaded; everybody's so caught up in their routine they can't tap into their own spirits. For me, music is about the spirit."

The first single, "Friendship (Is a Small Boat In A Storm)," is an organ-driven soul jam with buzzing, psychedelic guitar from Carlos (who wrote the music). "I'm not a lyricist," he says. "I brought in the chords and the instrumental melodies, and I gave it to Bardo. So he wrote the lyrics and the vocal melodies, and then we brought it to the band and they added the rhythmic elements and the overall feel."

Perhaps the biggest surprise on Freedom Is Free is "The Taker Story." Over a slow, ominous groove, Bardo unleashes a stinging indictment of imperialism and conquest, with the Mariachi Flor de Toloache amplifying his simmering fury as the band channels the Funkadelic of "March to the Witch's Castle" and America Eats Its Young.

"That's all Bardo; he composed the bass line, he composed the chords, he had the whole idea for it," says Carlos. "That's the only song on the album where the vocals were tracked live. What you hear is what we did."

Freedom Is Free reflects Chicano Batman's decision to foreground the soul and R&B elements of their sound. To achieve their ambitious sonic goals, the quartet worked with producer Leon Michels (El Michels Affair, The Arcs) in his Diamond Mine Recording studio in Long Island City, NY. Michels, a veteran in the New York soul revival scene, has performed in Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, The Black Keys and The Menahan Street Band. In addition to tracking the album to analog tape, Michels contributed keyboards and his trademark horn arrangements (he's been sampled by Jay-Z and Ghostface Killah). The partnership between Michels and Chicano Batman truly captures the band's live energy and brings their aesthetic goals to life.

"They get together, they rehearse every week, they fight about the arrangements, they have a classic band dynamic," Michels says. "So for me it was really just about shaping up the songs. They were already there, but some of them were eight minutes long, so we had to cut them up and make it so you were engaged from start to finish. They had just come off a tour, and they were tight as hell, so it was just a matter of getting the right take. At the most, we did three takes of a song."

Recording with Michels allowed Chicano Batman access to his collection of vintage gear, which helped expand their creative palette. "The possibilities were sonically endless," Carlos says. "If you wanted to do something, it was like, 'Yeah, I have that over here. You want a Mellotron? I have a Mellotron.' He had amazing equipment, and his aesthetic is right in line with ours."

Outside the studio, Chicano Batman have built a stellar reputation through heavy touring across the country. They've played major festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo. Opening for Jack White, Alabama Shakes, The Claypool Lennon Delirium and Gogol Bordello on recent tours has given them the chance to win over thousands of rock fans, night after night. In 2017, they're planning their own national headline tour, sharing with anyone who wants to hear the news that Freedom Is Free.
Black Camaro - (Set time: 11:30 PM)
Black Camaro
Members: Brian Garth: guitar, vocals, keys, percussion, bass Tom Miller: guitar, keyboard, vocals, bass James “Fuzz” Berg: percussion, guitar, vocals Jordan Robins: bass, vocals, life coaching Scott Trujillo: drums, electrodrums, vocals, smocals

Genre: thriller, drama

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Bash & Pop - (Set time: 10:15 PM)
Bash & Pop
When The Replacements ended their 33-show reunion tour in June 2015, founding bassist Tommy Stinson walked away with his head held high. Armed with a pocketful of new songs and a clean slate, he holed up in his home studio in Hudson, NY and played solo tour dates with a group of A+ players/friends backing him, including Luther Dickinson, Frank Ferrer, Cat Popper, Steve Selvidge, and Joe "The Kid" Sirois. They had more fun than humans should be allowed to have, and over the next year and a half they pieced together a brand new record. A BAND record.

Never one to hog the spotlight, the only logical thing to do at this point was to reanimate 'Bash & Pop', the band he started immediately following The Replacements first split in 1991. Fat Possum Records quickly signed the band and will be releasing its unknowingly-long-awaited sophomore album in early 2017.

To commemorate the resurrection of Bash & Pop, Rhino is reissuing the band's 1993 seminal debut album 'Friday Night Is Killing Me' on LP for the first time in January 2017 - exact date coming soon.

Fans can now pre-order the reissue, as well as the forthcoming new album via a Pledge Music campaign. They also have the chance to procure one-of-a-kind memorabilia items (plaid suits, bass guitars, etc), as well as cool opportunities with Tommy and the band (he'll officiate your wedding, the band will come play a concert in your basement, etc) and they can even be in the audience at Bash & Pop's first show since the late 1900's at the legendary 7th St Entry in Tommy's hometown of Minneapolis.
Mercy Music - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Mercy Music
The incomparable sound and energy of the Las Vegas three-piece Rock & Roll band Mercy Music is truly like capturing lightening in a bottle, as frontman Brendan Scholz's unmatched ability to write catchy yet soulful rock songs combined with the band's explosive live performances make them one of the clearest and most unique voices currently performing. Scholz, as lead singer/songwriter and guitar prodigy, helms the trio with a raw force only matched by the poignant, self-aware honesty in his songwriting. Beginning Mercy Music originally as a solo act, Scholz brought aboard long-time collaborator and unparalleled bassist Jarred Cooper whose enthusiasm both on and off the stage brings a quality to Mercy Music that can only be described as invigorating. Finally, balancing the band with sharp skill and precision is drummer Michael McGuinness, a talent that shines while seeming perfectly at home in the group's ferocious sound. After making a name for themselves during their incredible live shows and on tour, Mercy Music is proud to announce their new album, "When I Die I'm Taking You With Me" - a culmination of their efforts and featuring their newest, best material that is sure to surprise their fans while creating many new ones.
SadGirl (outside stage) - (Set time: 12:15 AM)
SadGirl (outside stage)
On a full moon SadGirl mysteriously surfaced out of the Pacific and staggered onto the streets of LA. Cousins Misha Lindes (guitar/vocals), Paul Caruso (drums) and Dakota Peterson (bass) don't remember much of their childhood (it was submerged at the bottom of the murky sea)

But now, the lo-fi, surf-wop trio is making waves. Proclaimed one of LA's Hardest-Working Bands by Oh My Rockness, SadGirl delivers an iconic, "DIY" package of sound and image, complete with logo and merch designs equally fashionable and punk-rock.

Like a twisted marriage between Roy Orbison and The Cramps (ordained by Link Wray) SadGirl invokes the music of a by-gone era. But don't be fooled, these aren't the tunes from Uncle Jimmy's juke box...
The Shacks (outside stage) - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
The Shacks (outside stage)
The Shacks — equal parts Max Shrager and Shannon Wise singing in her soft whispered voice — sound like they're playing alone with nobody watching. This dreamy, voyeuristic sound was born in a Queens, NY studio in 2014. And while they describe themselves as a rock band, don't expect the conventional kind.

The story goes that Max brought Shannon to the studio. Max was playing guitar on a track produced by Leon Michels — the producer and co-founder of Big Crown Records — and Michels needed a vocalist. They put Shannon in the booth to try it out. It was her first time ever recording. Then, in one take, the song "Strange Boy" had a singer who completed the vibe. The Shacks were born.

There are elements of doo-wop and early, pre-Elvis rock in their musicianship. Combine that with a deeply personal songwriting approach and it's a familiar-yet-fresh sound. Like The Five Keys met Neil Young and cut a record with Brigitte Bardot — but in English.

Here's the thing: Max and Shannon are barely in their twenties. Most of their musical influences are from before they were born. It's contradictions like this that signify something intriguing is happening with The Shacks.

Max and Shannon met while going to the same NYC high school. By that time, Max was already a musical wunderkind.

Raised in Princeton, NJ, at fourteen Max emailed Gabe Roth of Daptone Records with a rough, home-recorded demo. By seventeen, he had penned the lead single, "Sinner," on Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens' 2014 Cold World LP.

Shannon comes from a strong musical pedigree. Her father, a producer, ran a Manhattan recording studio, and her mother is a singer-songwriter. Artists and bands of all stripes passed through her life growing up. While her history isn't yet as extensive as Max's, she's writing it right now. Her infectious, eclectic voice and songwriting skills are testaments to her remarkable natural talent.

Their first record together, entitled Haze and forthcoming on Big Crown Records, is jointly produced by Shrager and Michels. Each song sounds both like an exploration and reflection of the relationship between Shannon and Max. You can hear a kind of invigorating creativity between them — songs written for and about each other, trying to express the inexpressible aspects of youth and love.

"We just want people to get excited about real music again," says Max. "When we record we try to capture what's happening — in our lives, things between us, something in the studio that day, just something honest. Not something pieced together and hyperreal."

In a modern culture where most music is manufactured and artificial, Max Shrager and Shannon Wise want to introduce their generation to a more honest kind of music. A kind that's written from life and made with integrity and value. And all this before either of them can rent a car.
Death Valley Girls (outside stage) - (Set time: 9:45 PM)
Death Valley Girls (outside stage)
Think of Death Valley Girls as an acid-tripping science experiment that's been buried alive, and resurrected as a sexually liberated dystopian chain-gang. A cosmic scar, if you will, on the hills of Echo Park, where the experiment began in 2013 by proto-punk Bonnie Bloomgarden and guitarist Larry Schemel — who got lost in the desert, returned to their haunted garage in Echo Park, and pieced together their vision with shopworn images of sexploitation babes, a blood-soaked Iggy Pop, and Bloomgarden's series of phantasms, the result of spending a year in a mental institution, where she planned her neon-glowing odyssey by listening to Black Sabbath and UFO, reading about alien conspiracy theories, and deriving her band's moral compass from a line she saw in a movie:

"Everybody's gotta be in a gang," from campy sexploitation romp Switchblade Sisters (1975).
Death Hymn Number 9 (outside stage) - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Death Hymn Number 9 (outside stage)
Formed out of the murky Louisiana Swamp, these four denizens of somnambulance and limited brain power were a former backing band to Motown's greats, until abandoned at a routine gas stop in Baton Rouge in August 1965. In an act of brazen post-mortem activity, the band soldiered on, focusing their collective rage and wild abandonment issues into a thrashy, gross, fast, groovy, loud, hurt-feeling-fest of garage and punk rock bravado. After emerging from those garbage laden swamps, the band relocated to Los Angeles in late 2009 to annoy and harass the lazy bourgeois bar going public and teenage backyard house show attendee. Who knows what posthumous ridiculousness will ensue
Venue Information:
Bunkhouse
124 South 11th Street
Las Vegas, NV, 89101